A Star Reborn: The Queen’s Return


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She died in her prime as the Queen of Song.

After being reincarnated, she becomes a simple trainee.

Losing her former glory? It doesn’t matter—no one can compete with her voice as a beautiful singer.

Mocked by her lowly birth? It doesn’t matter—her true identity is enough to make the whole world tremble.

She owes huge debts? It doesn’t matter…

A powerful boss once whispered to her, “Your debt will disappear if you become my woman.”

But the proud her would reply, “I’m sorry. I would sell my art, but not myself.”

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New Darc_Reiko rated it
July 6, 2020
Status: c1000

I never hated a novel to the point of giving it a really bad review. And I'm not someone who is influenced by other review. And I appreciate the author's works more than anything. Because making a story is not simple. But really, I really can't recommend this story. Although I read it to the end (without extra) I ready it very fast. Skipped some paragraph just to finished this story fast. Because I'm the type to want to know the ending of a story just for curiousty. The... more>> first part of this novel is very good and got you engaged. But it changed after around the middle of the main story.

At first you can say that the FL has a cold and strong personality. She looks smart and a bit like typical villainess. But along the way you can see she is the weakest female among all because of the tragic past. When she's fine she will become a spoiled child. And when she's not fine she become a shut-in person.

There are too many misunderstanding and scheming from the love rival that will make you really desperate and think, "Is this going to end?". I especially hate the obsessed man that become the love rival of the ML. And what I hate more is this FL is so damn s*upid because she can't forget about him despite ALL THE BAD THINGS he had done to her both in her past life and the new life. He's a manipulative arrogant selfish bastard that does everything according to his own mood and want. I don't understand the logic in this FL brain. Do you really need to go back to him and forget about your sweet boyfriend who does everything just to make you happy? He sacrificed so much for you.

The plot itself is a bit nonsense and sometimes there are some inconsitency.


Like when Li Lei goes to perceptor Xia to lift Xia Ling from bad luck. It shows that the Perceptor like Li Lei because Li Lei can save his sister Xia Ling. Something about sycamore wood.

But after that, the perceptor or Xia Ling's brother act like a busybody brother who doesn't like his dear sister boyfriend. Calling him s*upid and weak. Really? That was too cliche. Why did he change so much? Is it because Xia ling got chased out from Li Mansion? That was his grandfather fault! Is it because she got so much bad luck? That was because it was her destiny! And it was her brother himself that told her about her fate. So what's wrong with Li Lei?


There are still many inconsistent plot where I think the author just forget what she write in the past. And she just want this novel to become more cliche.

And I really don't understand why every female antagonis has a s*upid brain but is very scheming? It was obvious that the ML has told her that he loves FL so why is it that they think FL is a bi*ch or s*ut? And what about you then? Trying to snatch other people's boyfriend, aren't you the s*ut one? #Sigh. It was too classic. Too cliche.

The conflict is sometimes so nonsense that the author just want to put together every cliche conflict.

It's better to read Hidden Marriage than this novel. I really don't recommend it. <<less
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New AetherRaid rated it
July 2, 2020
Status: c263

I have never just outright given up on a webnovel before, regardless of how infuriating the characters or mundane the plot was, but this is the first time and it was well-deserved.
    • The reason why ML falls for FL is so surface-level and isn't very realistic, especially considering how much he chased her and how much help he gave her despite receiving nothing but cold accusations and rejection in return. FL never really does anything for ML and I feel like she doesn't deserve his affection at all.
    • In her original life, FL basically worships her adoptive father and is spoiled to the point where she gives 0 shits about anyone else and fails to notice what's happening around her. After being reborn, she is still reliant on the power and resources of men to help her as the damsel in distress.
    • FL is talented and has ability but is so s*upid. She wants to re-enter the music scene, but much of the novel revolves around her getting involved in multiple crises and she barely spends any actual time recording/writing music. She should be focused on her career if she wants to establish herself but all she does is run around and get caught up in drama that she can't emotionally handle due to past trauma.
I was really looking forward to a rebirth revenge story's with a badass FL backed up by a ruthless powerful ML (similar to Trial Marriage Husband), but this just made me hate all the characters more.

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emmyazzy rated it
January 22, 2019
Status: Completed
I think that many people will rate this novel very differently due to different opinions and/or different reading preference. However, this review is just based on my opinion. Therefore, please forgive me for ranting.

I started reading this novel after reading and waiting for the Chinese manhua. At first, I was really attracted of this plot where I was hoping to see that the female lead can become stronger mentally and slowly build her career which then cause me to start reading the novel. I have read many comments on the... more>> manhua saying that this novel is 虐 which just shows that it will be a painful romantic novel. I honestly rarely read this genre of novels but I pressed on to read (by skipping some chapters when I can’t take the simple misunderstanding becoming a big issue) hoping to see the female lead grow as a person.

However, after reading, I didn’t like all of the main characters.

The female lead: I realised that the female lead didn’t become stronger mentally at all or well even after reading the entire novel. I felt that the female lead technically is very weak, mentally and physically where she can’t solve her problems herself. She always relies on someone to solve her problems.

The male lead, Li Lei, I had good impressions on him before even though before he really start to like the female lead he was not with good intentions and just wanted to 包养 (where it means taking in (lover)).

this is where he even made the female lead forced to make hard decisions just so that she can give in to him and accept his request.


The second male lead, Bei Zi Heng, is someone where I believe everyone would agree is pretty much a j€rk. He tortures the female lead so that she will not escape and hoping she will get Stockholm syndrome and never leave him again. Well, I hated this character from the start for not only making poor decisions but torturing the female lead. However, after a while, it is true that I can tell that the love for the female lead is strong just that it is not in the right way. As the chapter goes on, I slowly pity him because no matter how he tries the female lead never love him again.

There was a period of time of their marriage where he forced the female lead to marry him just to save the Male lead. He tried his best to save the marriage and the love life however it was to no avail. After the female lead went back to him, she realised she was pregnant with LL’s child and begged BZH to keep the child. BZH wasn’t willing but slowly he was willing to take care of the child that the female lead had given birth but the female lead was still fearful and didn’t give up escaping.

Even though, eventually, they were forced to divorce because of the female lead’s brother’s threaten, he still loved her.

I guess the saddest part of his story was shown on the extras at the end of the novel where he died alone dreaming about if he didn’t make certain decisions and made extra effort to correct his mistakes. I guess this part was to comfort readers by showing a different ending.


Even though I really disliked the main leads. I still enjoyed some characters from the novel. Firstly, the female lead’s brother. Not only does he help the female lead, but he is mentally strong or well he has some abilities as well. He “punish” the main lead because of their immaturity which is harsh but I believed they should be “punished”. Secondly, the two producers. The two producers, once again, helped the female lead throughout her career as a singer by giving advices and shelter when she was in trouble. Thirdly, the female lead’s son and LL’s other fiancée son. The female lead’s son is really cute and mentally strong since he was taught by the female lead’s brother. He knows when to make sacrifices and persevere to have a happier family. He helps LL’s (ex) fiancée son or his ‘brother’ even though his mother (LL’s ex fiancée) has caused him and his mother harm. This ‘brother’ then slowly with the help of female lead’s son become stronger mentally and they become good brothers eventually. I believe the female lead’s son is my favourite character out of the whole novel.

Honestly, other than these characters, it is true that the writing isn’t that bad. It is just that since the side characters were the only characters I liked, it was hard finishing the novel even after skipping some details in the novel. I honestly think this novel is currently the most painful I have read. Therefore, I believe this novel may be liked by some but may be hated by some. It is just of different opinions where it may be liked by some readers who enjoy many misunderstandings and heart wrenching moments. <<less
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Sinking Ship
June 27, 2019
Status: c100
Read this novel if you want to get angry. In the novel the female lead is forced to choose between the abusive rapist male lead and the slightly less abusive significantly more manipulative male lead - two real winners in short. While the actual intended male lead is the one who doesn't literally lock the female lead in a cage and r*pe her all the time (and thus the marginally better of the two choices) that doesn't actually make him a very likable character in my books since that is... more>> an extremely low bar to clear. Also the way the secondary male leads various heinous tortures that he inflicted on the female lead are described in loving detail multiple times at different points throughout the story is very uncomfortable for me, the reader, especially since nothing (as of chapter 110) ever comes of it.

All the horrible sh*t the secondary male lead did seems only to serve as an explanation for why the female lead is a fragile PTSD ridden flower. Admittedly, the female lead's PTSD is a rather unique character trait that is written fairly intelligently but reading about someone who is always a bouquet of flowers away from total mental collapse isn't as fun as it may sound at first glance. Usually, in these "I've been reborn!" types of novels the main character reincarnates with drive, purpose, and a burning desire to get revenge on the people who harmed them in the past but this female lead... has none of those things.

Instead, she keeps living and working in the same city and the same industry as her abuser. Her only goal seems to be to quietly earn enough money to separate from the industry so she can move away (or something?) but of course before she can do that she catches the eyes of the two predatory male leads. And she seems to have no desire for revenge or to uncover the truth of her own death while her biggest worries are alternately traumatic PTSD flashbacks to her time in the heinous rapist character's torture dungeon and also "why does she still feel love for the heinous rapist character"? While those sorts of reactions might be realistic from the perspective of an actual victim of sexual violence and kidnapping and all sorts of other horrible shit, they're kind of irritating to read about. I, as the reader, wanted nothing more for her to gouge the as*hole character's eyes out with a rusty spoon after being forced to read about the various horrible tortures he inflicted but she, as the main character, only worried about why she still loved him so muuuuch.

So yeah, like I said at the top, read this novel if you want to feel angry. <<less
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Kimchi759 rated it
June 24, 2019
Status: --
Well. Here’s what I thought.

1) Female lead is tolerable. Her talent, strong-will, and self-confidence make her admirable, if not likable.

2) Male Lead A: Li Lei... A massive disappointment. He was sweet and attentive at first, but my opinion of him quickly soured. He had his employees deliberately create a huge dilemma so that she’d have no choice but to call him for help and depend on him.

To be specific, ... more>>

when the predatory CEO of another company (who she’s rejected) offers a deal to have her transferred to his company, the employee tells her she’s not worth enough for them to keep her. They do this knowing they’re forcing her to choose b/t being sold to the other CEO as a personal play toy, or submitting to her current CEO as his “lover”.

... yeah. I know. Gross.

3) Male Lead B: He Who Shall Not Be Named. The other CEO. Human waste. Garbage. An huge, smelly, physically and mentally abusive pile of t-rex poo.


He adopts her as a kid with promises to treat her ill sister. Somehow, this turns into a romance, only for him to turn his back on her saying he needs a “proper wife” — she’s a side piece. Then, when she tries to leave him, he mentally and physically abuses her. Like, dude literally uses doctors and nurses and drugs and even straitjackets.

Oh, and he also:

  • locks her in a cage with rabid dogs
  • keeps her chained captive in a room
  • whips/beats her
  • tries to condition her with alternating abuse and comfort

3 & 4) Both music producers in her life are leagues better than either male lead. For example, one tried to help her out of the dilemma Male Lead A orchestrated.

Tl;dr while the fem lead is intriguing and attractive as a protag, both male leads are controlling, manipulative, and have no respect for her free-will & autonomy. They constantly try to force her into becoming their possession and “submitting” to them. Sometimes thru violent means.

I tried to stick round for the music producers & the showbiz elements, but the male leads were too much of a turn off. <<less
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Elementarteilchen rated it
October 1, 2019
Status: c252
This is a novel, you can't trust the ratings, because it is even more highly dependent on personal preference (and what you expect from this), than other novels.

There is also false information in some reviews, for example:

"But I seriously dislike the xia ling's character. She relies too much on other people."

... more>> No, she tries to be completely independent, because of her past experiences. She doesn't want to be indepted to anyone, even if it is her boyfriend.

Anyway, before you read this, you should know it is a very mature novel and shows the sweet, but also the very ugly parts of the entertainment industry and human nature.

You will read about rape, very possessive characters, s-e-x-u-a-l harrasment and even gory stuff.

A lot of characters in this novel would be deemed as mentally "unstable/not in their right minds" by our standards or even downright psychotic.

I hope you get the idea, why there are so many 1 star ratings. If you expect only a fluffy story, then this isn't for you. This novel will show you, that excessive love and pampering could led to serious side effects for all parties involved. <<less
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SpicySugar rated it
November 21, 2019
Status: c502
I wasted my time here, it's not worth reading in my own opinion. The MC is annoying, The Ex is a bastard. The ML is likable at first but turned worst at the later chapters. There is no character development happening in here. The MC can't even protect herself or even think straight, or think logically. There's no use in being reborn if you're not striving to change yourself. I have read up until 500, I kept convincing myself to not give up half way but, you see, ... more>> if the MC is dumb and annoying, you wouldn't last reading the story. Sorry for the low stars but it is very deserving of the low rate. <<less
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TaekaixTaekook rated it
June 22, 2020
Status: c11
I gave up. I thought it could be good but no. I know she will get a happy ending but I can't help but think MC is s*upid.

There is no justification that can explain why ML is better than her past lover. For someone who was in such a toxic relationships, to jump into another one after that is a loss. I thought with all the misery from her past life, her new life would be about healing and making better choices for herself but no, it was a lot of misery again. I don't particularly hate ML but he is treating her like a plaything and wonder why she doesn't like it. There are many times where she should have drove a line and clearly told him that she can't or remove herself totally from the situation but she kept on giving up bit by bit. For example: when he forcefully gave her the cellphone, she should have sell it and buy another one with a new number, cutting all direct access to her.

Basically, this story is dark and somewhat logical in the beginning but after a while, it gave the feeling that women are nothing until a man save them and take care of them. Toxic behaviors are not disqualifying when looking for a partner because the right girl can change a man. I didn't read thoroughly and often jump a lot of chapters bc way too much bullsh*t but still ended disappointed.
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Bardura rated it
April 25, 2020
Status: --
Consists of;
☛ A while lotus who backstabs her own sister
☛ lower than tr*sh male characters whom should just go die in a f*cking hole
☛ a story that keeps getting more absurd and turns into misery porn when it should have been a f*ckING REVENGE STORY!!!
(ノಠ益ಠ) ノ彡┻━┻
☛ mental abuse and torment
☛ romanticised rape
☛ Very toxic relationships
☛ dumb, naive, s*upid and spoiled FL who falls in love with her rapists
☛ A story that perpetuates the power of men over women, how women... more>> can't be whole without a man by their side
☛ Way too much drama happening to the point it loses it’s illusion.
☛ Some other typical chinese cliches

If I were younger, I guess I would be gullible enough to continue reading this piece of sh*t but I'm wiser now.

┌∩┐ (ಠ_ಠ) ┌∩┐

I'm out of here. <<less
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Uthred rated it
December 29, 2019
Status: c216

I initially enjoyed this novel. The main characters rise through the entertainment industry was entertaining in the way most of these resurrection power fantasies are. The developing relationship between her and Li Lei as she worked through her abuse was also endearing.

Right up until the point where Li Lei rapes her while she's drugged up on sedatives. Then when she tries to leave the next day he savagely rapes her (to the point where her vagina was bleeding) again. He then continues to confine and abuse her. At that point the novel turned into misery porn. If I was wise I would have stopped reading there.

Foolishly I read on hoping that the main character would get some justice. But no, Li Lei never feels any remorse for raping her, in fact he justifies it to himself as fine because she is "his woman". What's worse is that a few chapters later the main character has fallen back in love with him, to the point where we get two chapters about her feeling bad for calling him a "beast". If the author were competent you might suspect that he was playing out the main characters battered person syndrome. But sadly no. The author was just normalising r*pe to a stomach churning degree.

Read up until they depart to visit the Li family for new year and just tell yourself it ends happily ever after, or just drop it now. Either way, avoid this garbage.

Edit: I'm truly an idiot and kept reading. It only gets worse. Even the misery porn, which continues largely non-stop, wouldn't have been too bad but the main characters personality changes completely. She loses all independence, relying entirely on her current lover (whomever that is at the time) for everything, the other characters also regularly make fun of what an idiot she is and she loses all agency. In short the novels only redeeming feature disappears.

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ley.monade rated it
September 15, 2019
Status: c169
I seriously don't get why this had such a high rating on webnovel so i've decided to read it.

But I seriously dislike the xia ling's character. She relies too much on other people. Because she had backers she forgets that she is only a commoner and there should be limits to what she says and does. Her situation and personality didnt change from her previous life.

I haven't finish the novel but when I do I hope there is a character development

And also. Webnovel is such an ass company but has... more>> great novels but they really manipulate ratings, other people's effort in translating and others <<less
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sagacity rated it
June 6, 2020
Status: c1208
this has been translated almost to the end. Just a few more chapter to go. Now, this is a very angsty romance. Not just the background story of the MC but throughtout the novel has a very gloomy mood. If you like reading the typical cheerful and OP MC with OP ML, just drop it. This is not the genre you are looking for. This is more like a tragedy than your usual drama. I hated almost all the characters because that of how they treat the MC and I... more>> hate those type of characters. The author made it seem like there are no genuine people in the world. Every turn is a tragedy or waiting for one. This is not for the faint hearted.

OK, so what held me to read? The PLOT. Personally, it has a very winding but interesting plot that I wanted to know what they are and how they happened. I honestly would be satisfied to have a summary of the entire thing. It was quite a struggle to read because I wasn't expecting such angsty story. I kept thinking that if I were the MC, I've long died from misery. The scariest thing for me is feeling helpless and weak. Which the MC seems always to fall into such state every few chapters. It is very depressing.

All I said up there are very much UNDERSTATED. <<less
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Pristine Xia rated it
April 12, 2020
Status: Completed
The first c-novel that made me mtl it all the way from around chapter +100 to its ending at around chapter +900. (The chapters after that were extras iirc)

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I'm glad I mtl-ed it, although there are some parts that I want to read after being properly translated, but the rest of the story especially after chapter +200 when Ye Xingling met the Li family was a journey of angts, frustration, and more angts. The 'peaceful' mood just went downhill from there, imo. I can stand our female lead facing problems and challenges.. But I couldn't tolerate how the female lead was treated after that. It gave me a bit of trauma, especially starting from the part when female lead and Li Lei were forcefully separated after the accident that forced female lead to contact Pei Ziheng. But overall, it has a satisfying end and the beginning of the story really captivated me. I had several re-reads episode of chapter 1-200.

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Xinneth rated it
January 27, 2020
Status: Completed
I like dthe story. Although it was sort of the typical chineese story of never ending trouble, the writter actually explained why was the trouble. The FL wasn'r s*upid, yet she wasn't OP. The ML might have not waited for her to be ready for "that" and did it but he was God compered to her ex [1]. He wasn't a ladies man, he was on her side he wasn't black ballied or arrogant. It had a good conclusion. The characters have personality and you didn't get lost in the... more>> middle of the story. Another thing I liked was that they didn't fell in love with each other because of the sex. Or because they met at first sight. The love wasn't forced! The story also DIDN'T start like the typical one night stand and then 5yrs later a child and woman appear. It was great.

I have to admit the MLT- reading is hard but it was worth the trouble. The only thing I didn't do was read the side story or the extras, i'll wait for the translation. I won't go on detail but the good people got a happy ending while the bad god their deserved karma.

[1]NOTE to all who didn't like that part. If the writer hadn't made Li lei (the ML) do that, we would have to wait other 500 chpaters for Xiao ling (FL) to be ready for the first night and then 5 more chapters with her being shy then other 10 her feeling she wasn't Clean or good enough for him. And in the end she agreed to date him knowing s*x is involved in a romantic relatioship. He is also from the yakuza or the underworld, used to woman. He had a lot of selfcontrol, in other stories a ML like that needs a woman every night. In other stories the ML is a jerk and the FL forgives him or their is an emperor with a Harem. In this case ML is GOD and FL after thinking about it decides to forgive him I know r*pe is bad but damn he had to. Now I am just waiting for the translation to go to the extras and for the manhua to get caught up.

I want to see how FL's brother looks like and how her son looks like!!!!

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